USACE Hurricane Katrina Mission

AshBritt Environmental > Debris > USACE Hurricane Katrina Mission

Project Detailsx

Response Date: September 2005
Location: Mississippi, Louisiana
Statistics: 21,589,265 cubic yards removed, managed, processed and disposed of.


AshBritt was the initial response prime contractor for the USACE in both Louisiana (LA) and Mississippi (MS). Within the first 30 days following contract activation, AshBritt initiated debris removal operations in 11 Louisiana jurisdictions as well as the causeway on Highway 90. Additionally, USACE assigned AshBritt, by task order, to service 16 separate jurisdictions in Mississippi covering over 8,400 square miles providing debris removal operations from the coast to over 175 miles inland. In Louisiana, AshBritt:

  • Identified and designated collection zones in each jurisdiction
  • Sourced, retained and assigned subcontractors for all collection zones
  • Provided emergency quarters and hygiene facilities for more than 300 government personnel
  • Established a commissary that served more than 10,000 meals during the course of the event
  • Provided over 50,000 gallons of emergency diesel fuel for initial operations in LA, avoiding any equipment downtime.
  • Developed and staffed 26 debris management sites (DMS) in LA throughout the affected areas
  • Collected and hauled over 1,000,000 cubic yards of debris in less than five weeks.
  • Removed 19 tons of putrefied food from commercial cold storage facilities in Orleans Parish.

In Mississippi, we collected, hauled and processed 20.5 million cubic yards of vegetative debris and wreckage while staffing, managing and operating 52 DMS. AshBritt specifically:

  • Hauled over 700,000 loads of debris
  • Utilized 12,380 certified operational vehicles
  • Employed and managed 1,230 subcontractors and over 1,000 local personnel
  • Decontaminated and recycled 25,007 refrigerators and 1900 tons of spoiled food.
  • Removed 340,062 hazardous hanging limbs
  • Removal 183,408 hazardous leaning trees
  • Backfilled 1,814 private pools